General Safety Use of Explosives in the Workplace(C)

Use of Explosives in the Workplace(C)

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This course is designed for demolition contractors. Topics include preparatory operations, engineering survey, utility location, medical services and first aid, police and fire contact, fire prevention and protection, special structures, concrete structures, safe blasting procedures, transportation of explosives, storage of explosives, and procedures after blasting. This course covers the topics included in OSHA 29 CFR 1926.7 Subpart T.


Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the student will learn:
- To meet the prerequisites, in order to fully achieve the demolition targets, besides ensuring the safety of employees engaged in demolition work.
- About the different types of demolition and the concerned requirements, different building structures and the applicable safety precautions for the demolition of the same.
- How to store, transport and use the explosives, properly, for the demolition work, and how to avoid any mishaps during handling and use of the explosives or blasting agents.
- Related terminology


Topics Covered

PROGRAM OUTLINEBack SystemIn order to prevent back injuries, an understanding of how the back functions is important. We will review the following aspects of the back system:- Anatomy - Causes of Back Pain- Strains and Sprains- Prevention of Back Injuries- Workstation Ergonomics- Body MechanicsAnatomy- The spine is a complex structure and vulnerable to injury, misuse and natural aging.- The spine must be mobile so you can move; it must be stable so you can remain upright.- The ideal alignment of the spine is when the joints in the spine are lined up so the back can twist and bend with little friction between bones and vertebrae.- Discs are described as soft hockey pucks with fluid inside or like a jelly donut.- When lifting, keep the spine in its natural curves by keeping your back straight.- Bending your back pinches the discs and exerts pressure on one side of the discs.- Two ligaments run the length of the spine and help hold the vertebrae together.- Ligaments expand as you stretch your body.- Small muscles in the back span two or three vertebrae that allows the body to be straight and lift objects.- Abdominal muscles in front of the body allow us to bend forward and support the back.Causes of Back Pain- The back deteriorates from repeated wear and tear over the years.- Stress on the back comes from excessive forward bending or heavy lifting, sitting and standing on the job.- Poor posture and sports involving impact or twisting can put stress on the back.Strains and Sprains- Strains and sprains can occur when bending too far too often, lifting a heavy load or twisting suddenly.- The small, delicate ligaments attached to your spine are vulnerable to tears. - It has been determined that there is a 10:1 ratio of back pressure to the weight of the load you are lifting.- Load should be against your body when lifting, keep your back at its natural curve when bending and lifting.- Discs are spread evenly across the surface of the vertebra.- Compressing your back when lifting, the discs absorb the load evenly across the surface of the disc.Prevention of Back Injuries- There isn't a doctor, training program or medication that can prevent back injuries. Only you can prevent back injuries.Workstation Ergonomics- Ergonomics means fitting the workstation to the employee's comfort.- Keep your keyboard directly in front of you when using a computer.- The screen must be kept at a comfortable distance. - The top of the computer screen should be at eye level so the neck is in a neutral posture.- Wrists must remain in a neutral position. Keep wrists straight.- Office chairs should have adequate heights, adjustable armrests, seat and back.- The chair height should be so your knees are level with or just slightly below the level of your hips.- Armrests keep your arms comfortable while keeping your elbows bent at a 90-degree angle.- Robotics for tedious, repetitive tasks is sometimes used.- Vacuum lifting equipment is used for repetitive loads.- Forklifts, pallet jacks, carts are also used for lifting tasks.Body Mechanics- Body mechanics is keeping your body in a proper position that keeps the back in its natural curve with all body parts working in a safe manner.- Stretching, twisting and bending your back are natural body movements, but you must resist twisting to protect your back system.- According to the medical community, smoking leads to drying and stiffness of discs making them more susceptible to injury.- Always push objects such as carts and materials on rollers - push, don't pull.- Function training is going through the work area, identifying potential hazards and developing policies and procedures to reduce lifting hazards.





Subject Matter Expert

Michael Millsap - Mike has over 20 years experience in Environmental Health and Safety and is currently a certified Outreach Training Instructor with


End of Course Instructions

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Quiz Information

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The final exam consists of 10 questions and must be passed with 70% to receive your certificate of completion.


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